By Marianne Coleman

The genuine voices of sixty profitable girls, establish the demanding situations that they have got confronted of their careers and the ways that they've got triumph over them. These contain a male paintings tradition and reconciling the calls for of labor and relatives. The "glass ceiling" could have moved up a bit, however it continues to be there.

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I think I was quite naïve. I found it difficult to believe there could be discrimination because I was a woman. My background never let me believe it was possible. Recently, over the last five years I have met blatant prejudice. Another agreed: ‘We worry that it’s lurching back again. ’ A woman working in a particularly male environment relating to surveying commented on how things had changed for women but in a negative way: I was positively discriminated for by this guy I worked for, but no one is doing that now.

They don’t understand women. ’ In the relatively ‘feminine’ world of education, some of the women head teachers interviewed felt that there was a recently renewed preference for men in the role of head, one stating: Until recently I would have said ‘no’ [about discrimination]. I think I was quite naïve. I found it difficult to believe there could be discrimination because I was a woman. My background never let me believe it was possible. Recently, over the last five years I have met blatant prejudice.

There are terrible culture clashes. Probably women are good at analysing stuff but not the rest of it. Although there may be exceptions, the perceptions of the women interviewed were that men were likely to be paid more than women for the same job mainly because men are intrinsically valued more than women and are also likely to demand more (see also Chapter 6 in this book). Discrimination and age As individuals age, they may be increasingly valued at work for their maturity and experience, or they may be written off and regarded as something of a liability.

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